When the boys and I started our year of random kindness, we didn’t know what to expect. I thought it might naturally lose steam and we’d fizzle out in a few weeks time. (Just ask my husband about all my other “great ideas” that somehow never took off.)
Now at the six-month mark, no one is more surprised than me that we’re still cooking with gas and chugging along. I only wish we’d started earlier.
Our top five lessons learned in no particular order are (drum roll, please):
1. The boys and I can choose to be kind even if we’re having a bad day.
2. When you’re kind to a bully, you take away his or her power.
3. It doesn’t matter what motivates one to commit a random act of kindness, only that he or she does.
4. Reactions of complete strangers push us to find new and fun ways to incorporate kindness. Nothing is funnier than a dropped jaw.
5. Sometimes it’s harder to be nice to a brother than a total stranger.
An added bonus to the last six months are the stories people share with us about all of their random acts of kindness. From giving pizza to a homeless man to helping a stranger find his way, the list goes on and on and on.
So, let’s mark the halfway point in a big way. Commit a random act of kindness and leave your story in the comment section. This blog isn’t (or shouldn’t) only be about me and my boys. It’s also about you.